A Smear Campaign Against Jane Mayer After Koch Exposé?

The media blog Gawker thinks it has uncovered a campaign to discredit the New Yorker writer after her August 2010 story on billionaires Charles and David H. Koch, who have secretly funded attacks on government regulations and bankrolled efforts to discredit settled climate science.

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"Climate Change and 'Balanced' Coverage"

News accounts often present a false balance between the central estimate of 5 or 6 degrees Fahrenheit global warming (for doubled carbon dioxide) and much lower estimates put forth by fossil-industry-funded "skeptics" at the fringes of legitimate science. In fact, the skeptics' take should be balanced by the real worst-case estimate from mainstream science: 18 or 20 degrees of warming.

Source: Green (NYT), 12/23/2010
March 27, 2024

DEADLINE: AGU Science Journalism Awards

Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, the Perlman and Sullivan awards annually recognize excellence in Earth and space science news and features reporting, respectively, each with a $5,000 prize. The Cowen Award celebrates a career of outstanding reporting on Earth and space sciences (awarded every other year). Nominations due Mar 27, 2024.

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White House Issues Science Integrity and Openness Policy

"The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday issued long-awaited guidelines to prevent political interference in science and promote transparency at federal agencies, a move that drew cautious praise from activists in the scientific community who had been dismayed by an 18-month delay at the science office."

Source: LA Times, 12/20/2010
March 2, 2023 to March 5, 2023

AAAS Annual Meeting

Reporters with appropriate credentials are eligible for complimentary registration to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. and online. This year's theme is "Science for Humanity."



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